When the Sh%t Hits…Pedal Harder

Learning to Embrace the Journey, Even When Things Get Difficult

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Peddling in my 6;15a spin class I had an epiphany (aside from the fact that I needed coffee). I realized I could keep coasting or I could turn up the resistance and push myself harder. So I took a turn to the right and pedaled faster.

That early morning spin class, that I had dragged my tired butt out of bed to take,  became my metaphor for life. Though most wouldn’t say I’d been completely coasting up until that point, deep down inside I knew I sort of had been. There are days that I’d say “it’s ok, I’m a bit tired, but at least I’m here, right”. Maybe it was the realization that my life wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but at that moment, I’d had enough…so I turned up the resistance and began to pedal harder. Then it hit me, I realized that if I could do this on my bike, I could do it off as well.

So now it begins, the uphill climb (hey, when you have a good metaphor, you should work it, right?). Life is a race and not to get too morbid, but there is a finish…whether you pedal harder or coast to the end, you decide how much you’ll see and if you’re going to struggle or embrace the journey. The question is, which will you choose?

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